The Age of Æthelflæd: Anglo-Saxon Warrior Queen, Guest Post: Invitation to the Past

Today Annie Whitehead, award-winning author of To Be A Queen and Alvar the Kingmaker, takes up the reins with a lovely guest post, giving us a bit of background as to how she came to the world of the Mercians .... ********* In the last piece, I was ‘chatting’ to Lord Ethelred of Mercia, and …

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Image of the Week: The Hollow Hills (Book Cover)

This week’s “Image of the Week” entails a mixture of sorts: between a “Cover Crush” and look back in time, as well as my own experience of how an image can lead to something that touches one much more deeply. For it is the cover of Mary Stewart’s The Hollow Hills that initially beckoned to …

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The Age of Æthelflæd: Anglo-Saxon Warrior Queen, Interview with Author Annie Whitehead and Æthelred, Lord of the Mercians

I am so very excited to announce: Since last week's installment of "The Age of Æthelflæd: Anglo-Saxon Warrior Queen," it has been announced that Annie Whitehead's second novel, Alvar the Kingmaker, has been awarded the B.R.A.G. Medallion. Another well-deserved honor for this fantastic author! (And I get to add it to her bio below!) Congratulations, Annie Whitehead!!! …

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Month of Mary Stewart: The Crystal Cave

September 17, 1916 Today marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Mary Stewart, beloved author of such blockbusters as Madam, Will You Talk? and Nine Coaches Waiting. With the "Month of Mary Stewart" series we honor the novelist and mark her fantastic presence in our lives, noting some of the special gifts she has …

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The Age of Æthelflæd: Anglo-Saxon Warrior Queen, Book Review: To Be A Queen

To Be A Queen: The Lady of the Mercians by Annie Whitehead Historical Novel Society Editors' Choice Award Spring Quarter 2015 Long listed for Historical Novel Society Indie Book of the Year 2016 and A B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree Daughter of Alfred the Great. Sister to Edward the Elder. Joined in marriage with Æthelred, Lord of the …

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Month of Mary Stewart: Nine Coaches Waiting

Nine Coaches Waiting by Mary Stewart I have never encountered any reader who did not adore Mary Stewart’s gothic mystery, Nine Coaches Waiting. From the author who invented the suspense-romance, this universally admired classic is often referenced as the favorite of all Stewart novels. Literary allusions seamlessly sewn into the narrative, each chapter is headed …

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